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Subject: Re: In Defense of Alfano: (was Re: Berio's ending)
From: "Micheal F. Anders" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Micheal F. Anders
Date:Sun, 29 Jun 2003 00:05:08 -0400

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Paolo and List....

At last some logical thoughts regarding the whole Puccini/Turandot/Alfano affair.

> Alfano did not write the libretto, it was the same libretto
> Puccini was
> using, so there are pretty good odds that had Puccini lived and
> completedthe opera, the story would have remained identical.


> As to Alfano's "limited talents" he was greatly admired, had
> several decent
> successes and has left behind a more than respectable body of
> work.  That he
> wasn't Puccini is not his fault.  We know, in fact, that Puccini
> admiredAlfano's work and even borrowed some of Alfano's eastern
> influenced style.
> Puccini stood out from his peers, but that doesn't mean all - or
> any of
> them - were of "limited talent."  There are other great baroque opera
> composers besides Handel, and just because their music hasn't the
> popularityof Mr. Handel's does not mean they are inferior.  Do we
> think Mozart was the
> only skilled composer of his time, because that's pretty much all
> we hear? are right on the money!!!!!

> I'll make more enemies here, but I just don't get people who go to
> the OPERA
> and then complain about the stories not being real enough.  Geez,
> Louise!Be it Turandot, Trovatore or Tristan (hey The Three T's)
> I'm forever hearing
> "I just can't believe that thath girl would fall in love with a
> guy who
> kills her fiance and carts her off to marry his uncle."  I've two
> wordswhich will easily explain this to these dears:  love potion.
> But, of
> course, these same people can't fathom that there could ever
> REALLY be such
> a thing as a love potion.
> For god's sake, Turandot is a fairy tale, with a fairy tale
> ending.  If it's
> not someone's particular cup o' tea, or one can't get their mind
> around the
> fact that the whole thing is entirely believable and beautiful in
> the realm
> of the fantastic, that's their loss.  My only real loss with
> Turandot is
> that no one will cut poor Alfano a break and let the goddam thing
> be heard
> as it was written.

Again, I say to Paolo.....right on!!!!!


Mike Anders

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